Sport by Press Association 09/09/2019, 1:02 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Harry Kane’s hat-trick in England’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win against Bulgaria on Saturday saw the striker take his international tally to 25. The Tottenham forward is the first player to score more than 23 goals in his opening 40 England appearances since Gary Lineker as he continues towards Wayne Rooney’s record tally of 53. Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the statistics behind how long some of England’s other players reached the same mark. Nat Lofthouse During the early part of the 20th century both Steve Bloomer and Vivian Woodward were the first players to score 25 England goals, doing so after 14 and 21 caps respectively. In 1955, Bolton forward Nat Lofthouse reached the mark after 23 international appearances, aged 29. Lofthouse would go on to score 30 goals from 33 caps, officially retiring because of an ankle injury in … [Read more...] about England’s sharp-shooters – who got to 25 goals quickest?
England 1966 world cup squad
0 Have your say The World Cup has already changed attitudes to women’s sport. But how far is now up to us, writes Lesley Riddoch Has the Women’s World Cup finally broken the glass ceiling in Scottish football, or will soaring interest in the beautiful game, fail to be translated into female boots on pitches? A lot depends on the SFA, BBC Scotland and the men’s clubs.The SFA received about £1 million from the Scotland Women’s National Team’s (SWNT) participation in the World Cup and had promised to spend it entirely on developing the women’s game. But will that million finance the national squad (for which the SFA are responsible), or the regular domestic game organised by Scottish Women’s Football, which runs two premier leagues and six regional leagues (with associated league cups) plus one national Scottish cup and 47 youth competitions involving teenage girls? With limited cash to go around, what is the … [Read more...] about Lesley Riddoch: World Cup can be a game changer
It's crunch time for England's Lionesses in the World Cup in France, as Phil Neville's side tackle defending champions the United States in Lyon this evening at the semi-final stage. Falling at this hurdle four years ago, the Lionesses are aiming to become only the second senior England squad to win a World Cup - with it being over 50 years since glory in 1966. Among those fighting for glory in France is Beth Mead, a 24-year-old forward that plies her trade for Arsenal but one that has close ties to Teesside from her youth. Born in Whitby, Mead joined Middlesbrough's centre of excellence at the age of 10 before moving to join Sunderland, who were at the time a Women's Super League side, when she was 16. In her first season, she struck 29 goals across all competitions, followed by a tally of 30 goals the following campaign, then firing 15 goals in the 2014 season to lead the Black Cats to the top-flight. Her superb form continued in the top-flight, as she struck in Sunderland's shock … [Read more...] about The-ex Boro forward aiming to fire England to World Cup glory
England face a stern test in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday as they tackle defending champions the United States in Lyon. The Lionesses fell at this stage four years ago and are seeking to become the first senior England side to win a World Cup since the greats of 1966. Getting past the USA, widely recognised as the greatest international side in the women's game, will certainly not be an easy task - as the free-scoring side have netted an astonishing 22 goals so far in France. England have their own impressive stats though, boasting four consecutive clean sheets and conceding just once at the World Cup this summer, and Manchester City players have played a key role in Phil Neville's squad. At the back, City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been forced to make a number of saves on crucial occasions to keep the Lionesses ahead of their rivals and she has been protected by a defence that includes captain Steph Houghton and Demi Stokes. Houghton has been one of the first names on … [Read more...] about Man City core driving England at the World Cup
0 Have your say To see a headline in The News proclaiming that a Pompey player – the legendary Jimmy Dickinson – had made the final 21 players to appear in the World Cup finals would bring joy to all fans. In 1950 the first World Cup since before the Second World War took place in Brazil. The England team comprised such legendary names as Alf Ramsey, who managed England 16 years later in the 1966 final, Billy Wright, Bill Nicholson, Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney and Jackie Milburn. Despite all this fantastic talent England lost 1-0 to the United States. That, combined with a 1-0 defeat to Spain, saw England knocked out. In the final Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in front of 199,854 supporters. •The photograph I published last Wednesday of children going away on a coach trip was seen by Yvonne Hillier (née Bone) who now lives in Edmonton, Canada.She was … [Read more...] about Pompey legend makes England World Cup squad